Saturday, Walter Smith brought the seminaristas en el Projecto Panamá to their Field Work sites. Vivian Lam and Linda Hall went to Pueblo Nuevo and Iglesia San Andres, while Dustin Trowbridge went to Lasjalices, a small extremely rural community way up the road. He's in an area without electricity, where horses are the best way to travel.
Today, after the 7:30 am Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayer, Canonigo Walter Smith and I headed to el Interiór to check on our seminaristas (I always joke that we leave them in the Interiór somewhere with a bag of food, a knife, and a flashlight. If they survive ten days, they can be ordained anywhere). Everyone was fine, and I have the photos to prove it. I have to admit that Walter and I were a little worried about Linda as she doesn't speak español, but when we picked up Padre Eladio in La Chorrera, he said, "Linda habla español." We thought he was joking, but she has been working with the English/Español dictionary I found her and is doing quite well! Linda and Vivian are serving as chaplains at the local public school (yeah, that's not a problem here in Panamá), as is Dustan.
We went to see Dustan first, as he was at the most distant location. The folks he was staying with were really hospitable and even killed a chicken for our lunch. Actually, they fed us a lot; we had some sort of crema, made of pineapple and cinnamon and flour, and then gaucho de pollo, a chicken stew with yucca. I swear I saw the chicken running around at least two hours before we ate.
Wednesday next week Walter and I will gather up our seminaristas and take them to Playa Santa Clara to debrief and relax, and then back to Panama City on Friday.
Photos. Click on photo for more detailed view
Iglesia San Sebastian y Fabian. Vivian and Linda will be moving here from Pueblo Nuevo on Monday.
A Close up of Iglesia San Sebastian y Fabian
We crossed this little creek to get to Lasjalices. There are days when one can't cross this little creek.
Lasjalices, the community in which Dustan is serving right now. On Monday he will move to Pueblo Nuevo.
Dustan is doing some tutoring here
Dustan listening to our conversation
Un cerdo se llama "embara"
I don't know this parrot's name. Probably "polly;" aren't they all named "Polly?"
Iglesia San Andres en Pueblo Nuevo. Vivian and Linda sleep in the back section of the church
Close up of San Andres. The ranchito is the Parish Hall.
Linda Hall and Vivian Lam
Here they are with the family they are staying with. El Señor is the Senior Warden of Iglesia San Andres